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20 May 2011 :: 11:05:54 am 53836

Democrat Party gets number 10, Puea Thai gets number 1 as election contest identifiers

BANGKOK, May 19 -- The Democrat Party which heads Thailand's current coalition government has drawn the number 10 as its identifier for the upcoming general election campaign, while the opposition Puea Thai Party received number 1.
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It was the luck of the draw by lots to identify the number to represent each party contesting the upcoming general election on the first day of party list candidacy registration.

Party-list candidacy registration opened at the Thai-Japan Youth Centre, Din Daeng today and will continue through May 23, with constituency-based MP candidacy registration from May 24 through May 28. The general election itself is set for July 3.

Election Commission Chairman Apichart Sukhagganond welcomed party leaders and representatives. His first order of business was to draw party names one by one to set the order for each party representative to draw a number. Twenty-eight party leaders came and reported to elections officials before the regular opening of office hours at 8.30am. Two parties could not draw the number today as their documents and fees were not ready, so there were in total just 26 parties in the drawing.

Party leaders arriving after 8.30am registered according to the time of their actual arrival.

The Democrat Party, represented by its leader Abhisit Vejjajiva drew number 10 and the Puea Thai Party, represented by party leader Yongyuth Vichaidit who followed Mr Abhisit, netted number one as the party candidacy number.

The other major parties numbers are Chat Pattana Puea Pandin with number 2; Rak Prathet Thai of outspoken politician Chuwit Kamolvisit, number 5; Palang Chon, number 6; Purachai Piamsomboon’s Rak Santi, number 12; Social Action, number 14; Bhum Jai Thai, number 16; New Politics, number 20; Chat Thai Pattana, number 21; and former coup leader Gen Sonthi Boomyaratkalin’s Matuphum Party, number 26.

The total number of party list MP seats in Parliament is 125. Accordingly each party can field as many as 125 candidates.

The number of popular votes a party receives in the general election will be used to calculate the number of party-list MP seats it wins.

Report by : MCOT

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